Pakistan has received the Geographical Indicator (GI) Tag for its Basmati, which paves the way for the creation of a local register for each rice variety and reasoning in the international market as the country in the EU fights against India’s move to India Register basmati rice as a product.
A GI tag is a mark for products that have a specific geographic origin and have properties based on the origin and a good reputation in the region.
Pakistan is fighting in the 27-member European Union against India’s efforts to register basmati rice as a product.
Laws dictate that before a product applies for registration in the international market, it must be protected in accordance with the geographical indication laws of that country.
A senior Pakistani official said Tuesday that the country had received Geographical Indicator Day for its Basmati.
“I am pleased to announce that Pakistan has registered Basmati Rice as a Geographical Indication under the Geographical Indications Act 2020. Under that Act, a GI register has been established that registers geographical indications and the basic record of owners and authorized users are run by GI, “Trade Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood announced on Twitter.
This protects our products from misuse or imitation and thus guarantees that their share in the international market is protected. I encourage you to send your suggestions for products that can be registered as geographical indications to the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan. 2/2
– Abdul Razak Dawood (@razak_dawood) January 27, 2021
“This protects our products from misuse or counterfeiting and guarantees that their share of the international market is protected. I recommend that you send your suggestions for products that can be registered as geographical indications to the Pakistani Intellectual Property Organization.” he said.
It is believed that a GI day would strengthen the case of Pakistan in the EU. The issue of protecting Basmati rice as a Pakistani product came to the fore after India filed an application with the European Union in September last year claiming sole ownership of the goods.
In its filing, India claimed that “Basmati” is a special aromatic long grain rice that is grown and produced in a specific geographic region of the subcontinent.
After highlighting the brief history of Basmati rice, India also claimed that the region is part of northern India, beneath the Himalayan foothills that are part of the Indogangetic Plain.
India’s claim to the EU was challenged in December and Pakistan’s main argument was that basmati rice was a joint product of India and Pakistan.
Pakistan exported 500,000 to 700,000 tons of basmati rice annually to different parts of the world, of which 200,000 to 250,000 tons are shipped to EU countries.